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Disabled Veteran Mugged By Five Thugs

A Marine who lost his right arm and leg in Iraq said he and his wife had to try to fend off five thugs who mugged them last month in Washington, D.C.

Lance Cpl. Mark Beyers, 27, has been finishing his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after being wounded by a roadside bomb on Aug. 26, 2005, in Hit, Iraq.

“I got hit in Hit,” joked Beyers, a reservist with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines, based in Buffalo, N.Y.

His wife, Denise, 26, decided to take her husband out to dinner July 22 at a restaurant in northwest Washington. About midnight, the Elma, N.Y., couple was walking back to their car when they came across five men, said Denise Beyers, who recently left the Marine Corps as a corporal.

At first, the men were friendly and asked the couple for cigarettes. Then they told her, “Give me your purse, give me your purse.”

Two men went after her and three went after her husband, who was not wearing a prosthetic arm and whose prosthetic leg was clearly visible because he was wearing shorts.

Denise Beyers fought to hold on to her purse, but her attackers grabbed her by the mouth and threw her to the ground. They then dumped the contents of her purse on the ground and took off with $300 to $400 in cash that her mother had wired to her.

While this was going on, the other three men told her husband to take his watch off.

“And he said, ‘How the hell do you expect me to take my watch off with one arm?’” she said.

When they tried to grab it from him, he shoved them away, Denise Beyers said.

Mark Beyers was able to deflect his attackers’ punches, saying that when you only have one arm, “It gets pretty strong, believe me.”

When the attack was over, none of the three men landed a punch against Mark Beyers.

His wife, who suffered cuts and bruises in the attack, said no one came to their aid during the attack.

In a telephone interview Thursday, a manager at the restaurant said he was unaware of the incident.

Denise Beyers said the incident made her irate, “but at the same time, I have to remind myself that it could have been a lot worse, and I’m glad that I was the one to get bruised up instead of my husband, because he’s already been through enough pain.”

Mark Beyers said he could not believe that anyone would go after someone with only one arm and leg, but he added there are some bad people out there who don’t care if you’re a veteran.

“If I was in a wheelchair, they still would have done it.”

He said the incident makes him worry about the safety of other wounded veterans recuperating in Washington.

Walter Reed spokesman Bill Swisher called the attack the first such incident that he was aware of.

“A ‘safe area’ is in the eye — or the perception — of the beholder,” Swisher said in a Friday e-mail to Stars and Stripes. “Washington, D.C., is one of the 20 largest cities in the United States. We recommend to all of our patients and staff that they exercise the same precautions with regard to their personal safety as they would in any big city.”

No arrests had been made in connection with the attack as of Friday, according to Metropolitan Police.

“I don’t know if they’ll ever catch them or whatever, but we don’t want to go through court — we just want to go home,” Denise Beyers said.

She said the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Akron, N.Y., is planning to hold a fundraiser for the couple.

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Added: Jun-3-2007 
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  • pitifully little description of the 'men' so its not possible to help...why cant news services insist on publishing identity details of criminals...holding back slushes public help chances

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  • I live near there. Most likely some black kids. They travel in packs and act like animals. Cowards when it's one on one, but in groups they're like a pack of Hyenas

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  • "Who knew that he would encounter danger in DC", lmmfao... Media spin on that little comment. Many cities in America have become virtual thirdworld shitholes (except for the redristribution of wealth. They take from the middle class and give to the scum).

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  • guys.. this is america.. what do u expect? almost every white guy in our country do absolutely nothing when they see someone getting robbed or beat up.. they just stand and watch it go on.. when the attacker leaves, they pretend to walk over there and ask "are you okay"...

    when i was under 18.. i used to carry a knife around with me everywhere... because spending time in juvy is much better than in the hospital... so as an adult, carry a pistol!

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  • Not surprising...it's DC.

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  • Heart less: "It could cost the Veteran Affairs at least $350billion to provide disability compensation and health care to Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, according to a Harvard University researcher's conservative estimate. Those costs could climb as high as $663 billion, if many troops remain at war much longer and health care costs inflate."
    what the hell does that have to do with anything related to this story

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  • hope they catch the mother ffing scumbags

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  • WE ARE POWER: "I live near there. Most likely some black kids. They travel in packs and act like animals. Cowards when it's one on one, but in groups they're like a pack of Hyenas"
    mmmm...i wouldnt like to say probably here, better let us just say wait for the info, eh? who were the kids that is the question-the news programme must have contacted the police and should have had the details-why didnt they identify these youths?

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  • It could cost the Veteran Affairs at least $350billion to provide disability compensation and health care to Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, according to a Harvard University researcher's conservative estimate. Those costs could climb as high as $663 billion, if many troops remain at war much longer and health care costs inflate.

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  • Yes this is dispicable , so's any mugging . But isn't this place in the top 5 most dangerous , in a country where every city has lots of no-go areas . This is media shite , learn to recognise it .

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  • Why did you asterisk the letters s p i c .

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  • Disgusting,hope they quickly catch the filth that did this,regardless of their age either lock them up forever or better still give them the needle.

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  • Maby a policestate is exactly what that rotten country needs. The american people doesn`t understand the value of their freedome and deserves to loose it if they cant`t stand up and defend it by creating a good society.

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  • I'm glad to see we're in Iraq keeping the streets safe.

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  • It's because DC has the most draconian gun laws in the country, POS street hoods wouldn't be so tough if they thought somebody might be armed and able to defend themselves.

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  • hope they find them and send them to war searching for i.e.d's and land mines..
    coward bitches

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  • WE ARE POWER: "I live near there. Most likely some black kids. They travel in packs and act like animals. Cowards when it's one on one, but in groups they're like a pack of Hyenas"
    Who knows but guess what? White people commit crime too. Can you believe it? This may even shock you more: I have been, like many, a victim of crime a few times and the perpetrators have been black, white and asian. If you spend time away from you computer and step into the real world you will find that More..

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  • Been to Chadwicks many times. What happened to these folks is becoming more and more common. Well, honest citizens can now arm themselves so maybe it will change. He pushed one of them and they ran away, which further validates the absolute cowardice of the scum bags who ganged up on a one armed man and his woman. Which by the way, is more then most with two arms would have done.

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  • Guess they will never be found,since it would probably be 'racial profiling' to give a description!

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    • Exactly. But I can't believe he wouldn't be conceal carrying a gun. I had guys pull guns on me and I pull my gun right back. They have always backed down.

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  • Think it's time for a good ol' road haul! Get the chevy and the chains boys..

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  • first such incident , fuck yea right . its washington one of the biggest shitholes to live in in america

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  • Ohhhhh....It's WAshington DC. Land of GUN CONTROL. Guess it works....NOT.

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  • You would think a Veteran would be smart enough to Carry a GUN.

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  • I was born and raised here, and D.C. is nothing but shit in terms of the blacks.

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